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Communities participation in the public domain leads to better informed and more empowered citizens and this involvement can best be achieved through Open Government Data (OGD). This study is based on an extensive review of the literature, aims to investigate the role of OGD, identify key challenges and way forward to promote civic engagement. The findings showed that copyright issues, lack of data literacy, accessibility, digital divide, and mismatch of information are the major challenges However, resolving the licensing issues, availability and easy accessibility of OGD, data literacy education etc. are the way forward to enhance citizen’s participation in society’s affairs.